“Outdoors & Recreation in Santa Cruz, CA”
Natural Bridges State Beach is a 65-acre California state park in Santa Cruz, California in the United States. The park features a natural bridge across a section of the beach. It is also well known as a hotspot to see monarch butterfly migrations. The Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve is home to up to 150,000 monarch butterflies from October through early February.HistoryThe first inhabitants in the Santa Cruz area were small groups of Native Americans. The Ohlone were a semi-nomadic tribe that hunted game and marine mammals and supplemented their diets with shellfish, fish, edible roots and shoots, acorns, nuts, and seeds. The Ohlone raised medicinal plants and herbs. They made tools from locally found stones and shells. Their crafts included shellfish jewelry and baskets.The displacement of the natives began with the Spanish colonization of the Americas when missionaries and soldiers brought the Ohlone into the missions. The population of Native Americans was greatly reduced by European diseases to which they had no resistance. Governance of the area was transferred from Spain to Mexico after the Mexican War of Independence. The citizens of Mexico used what is now Natural Bridges State Beach as pasture land for their cattle. California became part of the United States after the Mexican-American War.
Beautiful...nice open area for walking along the beach and look out over the water. The sound of the water hitting the rocks was so relaxing in the cove.
Really pretty, really cool! Can be very windy so be sure to bring a blanket or sweater and beware of the strength of the water especially around the cove.
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Natural Bridges State Beach
- Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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